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I just voted for Zephyr Teachout and Timothy Wu in the Dem primary.

Cuomo is horrible. I'd love to see a Cantor-style upset.

If you live in NY, get to the polls!!! They're open till 9:00.

NBC Meet The Press Transcript Conveniently Edited

Mon Sep 08, 2014 at 05:13 PM PDT
NBC Meet The Press Transcript Conveniently Edited
by illinifan17

The earlier excellent diary by TeamSarah4Choice pointed out Chuck Todd's blatant lie to the face of President Obama, and demonstrated that he had mentioned Syria four times before Todd said

You've not said the word, "Syria," so far in our conversation.

The NBC New website now has a transcript of the interview up, and it is curious, to say the least.

The transcript is far from complete, but nowhere does is say it is edited, abridged, or just highlights. And three of the four references to Syria are gone. Only the earliest one, furthest from Todd's false claim, remains. Here is the portion that jumps over the refernce to Syria 12 seconds before Todd's claim.

You don't believe these people--


Not yet. But they-- they can evolve. And I was very specific at that time. What I said was, not every regional terrorist organization is automatically a threat to us that would call for a major offensive. Our goal should not be to think that we can occupy every country where there's a terrorist organization.


You've not said the word, "Syria," so far in our conversation. Obviously, if you're going to defeat ISIS, you have used very much stronger language. It's gone through the week during your trip to Wales. You have got to go to Syria in some form or another.


About Stereotypes...

Bear Saves Drowning Crow

The bear doesn't try to eat it or kill it. Then the crow stares at the bear, like "WTF, I can't believe this!"


Ebola Outbreak: 30,000 In Nigeria Believed Exposed To Virus, And No One Knows Who They Are

Ebola Outbreak: 30,000 In Nigeria Believed Exposed To Virus, And No One Knows Who They Are

The catastrophic Ebola outbreak in West Africa may be spreading faster than health experts previously believed. Yesterday, officials in Nigeria said that they were looking for up to 59 people who may have been exposed to the lethal virus by flying on a plane with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who died soon after getting off a flight in Lagos.

On Wednesday, the health authorities there said that they have expanded their search from 59 people ó to 30,000.

And those 30,000 people could be anywhere, with most of them not even realizing they have been exposed to Ebola.

Everyone At Airports Visited by Sawyer Believed To Be At Risk

The staggering figure of 30,000 possible Ebola virus carriers was arrived at because officials now say that not only the people who flew on the same plane as Sawyer could have been exposed, but anyone in any of the four airports where the 40-year-old dad of three stopped on his journey from Monrovia, Liberia, to Lagos is believed to be at risk.

The number also includes anyone who came into contact with Sawyer when he got off of his ASKY Airlines flight in the 21-million-population city of Lagos, the most populous city on the African continent and a major international trade and travel hub...

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1383702/ebola-outbreak-30000/#1UQi0owOBURrFG4Z.99

UPDATE: July 31 ó The World Health Organization announced today that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak now stands at 729. The WHO, according to a CBS News report, confirmed 57 more Ebola deaths, including 27 in Liberia, 20 in Guinea and nine in Sierra Leone, in addition to the single death so far in Nigeria.

54 Fabulous Colorized Photos From the Last Century

Brigadier General and Actor Jimmy Stewart

Stewart flew 20 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, and even flew one mission during Vietnam.

Pablo Picasso

Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939

Photo taken right after his famous retirement speech. He would pass away just two years later from ALS.

Helen Keller meeting comedian Charlie Chaplin in 1918

Madison Square Park New York City around 1900

Samurai Training, 1860

American Poet Walt Whitman, 1868

Audrey Hepburn

Union Soldiers taking a break 1863

MANY MORE AT: http://www.inspire52.com/colored-old-photos/

TOM TOMORROW:The Interview

Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 07:00 AM PDT
Cartoon: The interview
by Tom Tomorrow


Mysterious Siberian Crater Found at "End of the World" May Portend Methane Climate Catastrophe

Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 08:07 PM PDT
Mysterious Siberian Crater Found at "End of the World" May Portend Methane Climate Catastrophe
by FishOutofWater

Oblique view of crater shows an elevated rim but around a deep hole. This morphology is indicative of a methane explosion, not a meteorite impact or surface collapse into a sink hole. attribution: Konstantin Nikolaev

A mysterious crater almost the size of a football field discovered in a remote part of Siberia's Yamal peninsula known as the end of the world may have profound implications about the stability of Arctic methane and catastrophic climate change.

The striking puncture in the earth is believed to be up to 80 metres wide but its depth is not estimated yet. A scientific team has been sent to investigate the hole and is due to arrive at the scene on Wednesday.

The cause of its sudden appearance in Yamal - its name means the 'end of the world' in the far north of Siberia - is not yet known, though one scientific claim is that global warming may be to blame.

Russian experts have ruled out speculation that meteorite impact might have caused the crater. The crater was certainly not caused by a meteorite because it has no central crater but instead has a deep hole. Meteorite impacts have far too much energy to leave an open hole. (Note: I studied meteoritics for my first year of graduate school.) Likewise any other extraterrestrial source would have far too much energy to leave an open hole. The impact site would be filled with ejecta.

It doesn't appear to be a sink hole because the hole is surrounded by a rim of ejected material. Genarally, sink holes don't have elevated rims because they are produced by collapse of surface material into a preexisting covered hole. The ejecta appears to have been produced by an explosion. This crater formed in one of Siberia's largest natural gas producing regions. Permafrost in this area is melting in response to the rapid warming of the Arctic. The most likely cause of this crater is a methane explosion.

Strait down view of mysterious Siberian Crater likely caused by a massive methane explosion. attribution: Picture: Konstantin Nikolaev via Siberian Times

Anna Kurchatova from Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Centre thinks the crater was formed by a water, salt and gas mixture igniting an underground explosion, the result of global warming. She postulates that gas accumulated in ice mixed with sand beneath the surface, and that this was mixed with salt - some 10,000 years ago this area was a sea.

If Dr Kurchatova's explanation is correct, the consequences are profound. It means that There are vertical structures where salt accumulated as methane ices formed in permafrost. Layers of permafrost may have salty vertical zones of weakness in them that will allow sudden release of methane trapped below the permafrost layer as the climate warms. Vast quantities of methane trapped in river deltas in the Arctic ocean on the Siberian shelf may be unstable. This crater appears to be evidence that the methane is not protected by a very slowly melting solid layer of permafrost. Methane bubbles recently observed in the Laptev Sea, reported on by the National Science Foundation, could be the beginning of the release of an enormous amount of subsea methane.
Schematic diagram by National Science Foundation of methane release from shallow Siberian subsea sediments.

Methane is escaping from shallow subsea sediments on the Siberian platform. This National Science Foundation diagram shows Siberian platform methane bubbles rising to the surface and entering the atmosphere. attribution: NSF

The concerns of a methane catastrophe expressed by scientists who have discovered large amounts methane escaping from the Laptev Sea may reinforced by this land based observation of methane instability in Siberian sediments of marine origin.

Extraordinarily high methane levels were observed over the Laptev sea in fall 2013.
attribution: Harold Hansel

Harold Hansel who generated this graphic of methane levels over the Laptev sea expressed alarm:

"I am fighting for the lives of my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who's lifespan will extend 30 to 40 years from now. I am also fighting for all children of the world, animals, whales, dolphins, flowers and all living things. They are all in peril and we are the ones that may have a chance of doing something about it now. The threat of what is coming must sink in."

I have been waiting for independent evidence of methane instability in Siberian sediments to validate the concerns that the Siberian platform could produce a rapid release of methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than CO2, that could destabilize the climate. I am afraid that it has just been found.


Obama Rips The GOP A New One - In Texas (VIDEO)

Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 12:02 AM PDT
Obama Rips The GOP A New One - In Texas (VIDEO)
by Leslie Salzillo

Once again, under extreme fire from the Right, President Obama calmly, and oh, so cooly, tells the GOP and Texas Delegates what time it is. Last night, in Austin, Texas, the president talked about the pending Republican lawsuit, and makes it clear this ain't his first rodeo.

In his own words:

"As long as Congress will not increase wages for workers, I will go and talk to every business in America if I have to. Thereís no denying a simple truth: America deserves a raise, and if you work full-time in this country, you shouldnít live in poverty. Thatís something that we all believe.

Now, hereís where it gets interesting. There are a number of Republicans, including a number in the Texas delegation, who are mad at me for taking these actions. They actually plan to sue me. Now, I donít know which things they find most offensive ó me helping to create jobs, or me raising wages, or me easing the student loan burdens, or me making sure women can find out whether theyíre getting paid the same as men for doing the same job. I donít know which of these actions really bug them.

The truth is, even with all the actions Iíve taken this year, Iím issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years. So itís not clear how it is that Republicans didnít seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did. Maybe itís just me they donít like. I donít know. Maybe thereís some principle out there that I havenít discerned, that I havenít figure out. You hear some of them ó Ďsue him,í Ďimpeach him.í Really? Really? For what? Youíre going to sue me for doing my job? Okay.

I mean, think about that. Youíre going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job ó while you donít do your job.

Thereís a great movie called ĎThe Departedí ó a little violent for kids. But thereís a scene in the movie where Mark Wahlberg ó theyíre on a stakeout and somehow the guy loses the guy that theyíre tracking. And Wahlberg is all upset and yelling at the guy. And the guy looks up and he says, ĎWell, who are you?í And Wahlberg says, ĎIím the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy.í Sometimes, I feel like saying to these guys, ĎIím the guy doing my job, you must be the other guy.í

So rather than wage another political stunt that wastes time, wastes taxpayersí money, Iíve got a better idea: Do something. If youíre mad at me for helping people on my own, letís team up. Letís pass some bills. Letís help America together."

Here is the video:

I love seeing him like this. He's cocky, yet always seems to turn things around in the end, inviting Republicans over to play together, if they play nice. They won't. They don't. And they will lose in November. The American people are not stupid. Though, many are buying into the GOP/Koch brand of lies, I believe more will invest in Obama's vision for this country, by giving him their votes. I predict there will be a record turnout at the polls, and the 2014 Midterms will be one of the most exciting elections we've seen.


Not too long ago...

This has probably been posted here at DU before (and I'm sorry if it's a repeat), but with the latest shootings, it seems like a good time to post it.

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